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Schiffstechnik | Ship Technology TRELLEBORG MARINE New programme for navigation safety Dubai-based Trelleborg Marine Systems has launched SafeTug, a program it says enhances piloting and navigation safety. This software enables real-time sharing of operational data and information on the movement of ships being maneuvered. »This enhances collaboration between the tug master, ship bridge teams, pilots and port operators«, Trelleborg says. SafeTug uses dynamic data including the ship’s speed and direction, rate of turn, trajectory, heading and course over the ground. The software also displays the position of other tugboats using the system. »SafeTug improves the range and accuracy of navigational measurements, offering true 360° visibility and enhancing situational awareness in real-time,« said Trelleborg’s president of marine systems Richard Hepworth. »This helps the pilot to know exactly where the tugs are located and for the tug master to know exactly what the movement of the assisted vessel is, creating a safer and more effective pilotage experience.« SafeTug connects with SmartPort Cloud for data storage and exchange to provide an overview of port and piloting operations. It enables onshore teams to monitor whole operations for decision support and planning future maneuvers. n THORDON BEARINGS Distribution agreements for Eastern Europe Canadian supplier Thordon Bearings has signed sales and distribution agreements with St. Petersburg-based Industrial & Marine Projects (IMPRO) and Tallinn’s Marine Ecology Equipment (MEE), in a development that anticipates the introduction of more stringent pollution rules for European waterways. The appointment of new distributors for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Azerbaijan is said to coincide with concerns that more should be done to reduce the impact of oil pollution in the ecologically sensitive Baltic Sea and Caspian Sea areas. »While MARPOL Annex I and Annex IV of the Helsinki Convention prohibit the discharge of oil or oily mixtures into the Baltic Sea, the vast majority of vessels continue to operate oil-lubricated propeller shaft bearings which, as we know, continually leak oil into the sea,« said Thordon’s Regional Manager in Europe, George Morrison. »Given that the prohibition applies not only to discharges from cargo tanks but also to discharges from machinery spaces, we anticipate the introduction of European regulations similar in scope to the EPA’s Vessel General Permit rule in the US. We expect the Baltic States, in particular, to be the first to clampdown on this source of oil pollution.« Morrison added that the expansion of Thordon’s European sales and distribution network with the appointment of IMPRO and MEE aims to help »facilitate shipowners’ move towards a safer, more cost effective bearing solution«, while ensuring they remain environmentally compliant. Vladimir Potapov, Special Projects Director, IMPRO, said: »There is a real trend towards more environmentally-acceptable solutions capable of providing shipowners with a return on investment. With ecological-related problems now affecting many of the world’s seas, particularly the Baltic Sea, Caspian Sea, and the Northern Sea Route, a water lubricated propeller solution is just one way that shipowners can help reduce shipping’s impact.« With a 36-strong sales support and engineering division working in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vladivostok and Baku, IMPRO will represent Thordon Bearings across Russia and Azerbaijan. Marine Ecology Equipment, which specialises in the supply of ecologically safe equipment and solutions, will serve Thordon’s marine and industrial divisions in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Shortly before the announcement, the Canada-headquartered company strengthened its presence in southern Europe and North Africa with the appointment of Spain’s Echetalde, which now represents Thordon in Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. n 64 HANSA International Maritime Journal – 156. Jahrgang – 2019 – Nr. 2

Schiffstechnik | Ship Technology MACGREGOR Hatch covers for new feeder vessels MacGregor, part of Finnish supplier group Cargotec, has secured hatch cover orders from Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD). The hatch covers are planned to be intalled at another eight containerships, each with a capacity for 1,800 TEU. They are built at the South Korean yard for various owners. These orders on contracts secured earlier last year to supply 18 hatch cover sets for the same series of containerships, bringing the total number of shipsets ordered by HMD from MacGregor during 2018 to 26 units. The order was booked into Cargotec’s fourth quarter 2018 order intake, and delivery of the equipment is planned during 2019 and 2020. »We are delighted that Hyundai Mipo Dockyard continues to rely on our expert capabilities when selecting a provider for key equipment such as hatch covers and fixed fittings,« Magnus Sjöberg, Senior Vice President, Cargo Handling, MacGregor. commented after the signing of the contract. n © MacGregor BV & BLUESTER Desktop verification for online market place Classification society Bureau Veritas deepens the cooperation with Germany-based online market place »bluester«, providing desktop verification. The platform, which connects ship managers with maritime service providers, will now benefit from the independent desktop verification service provided by BV, the partners announced. Bluester is described as enabling buyers and suppliers to transact through a common interface using a set of streamlined processes. Ship managers and service providers »automatically, impartially, and transparently match against their own predefined criteria for direct contract conclusion on the platform«, it is said. The addition of online desktop verification is planned to increase confidence and reducing the time and cost of transactions. n 8. Zukunftskonferenz: Wind & Maritim 2019 Die einzige Konferenz im Nordosten, die Windenergie mit maritimer Wirtschaft verbindet. + Branchenvertreter vom Start-Up bis zum Global Player + neue Themen zum Zukunftsfeld Power to X + nationale und internationale Teilnehmer Seien Sie dabei. Turning Power into Business. 8. + 9. Mai 2019 · Rostock · HANSA International Maritime Journal – 156. Jahrgang – 2019 – Nr. 2 65

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